Sunday, 30 August 2015

All Gumroads Lead to Glory

Hey all! 
Hope you guys are doing well out there,
I've got some exciting news about something I'm testing out.

I've decided to offer prints of my pieces... but, get this...
You can pay EXACTLY what YOU want for them.
There's a shipping cost, and a suggested price, but you're welcome to purchase them for less, or more!

Kamat Kicks up a Fuss (A3 Giclée) 
Set Your Own Price


They are still physical, hold in your hands, stick them in a frame and put them up on your wall type prints. 

I just wanted to enable more people to own my work if they want to!

So hop along and have a look will ya?


Also, if you want to hear about when I release new products, 
you can get notified by popping your email in the link below.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Wild Sage Studio

Hey everyone! Long time no see!
Since my move to Ireland a year ago, blogging has been few and far between. I want to change that! 

For nearly a year now, I have been without a permanent creative space in which to weave my magic. The space has been somewhat nomadic, and for me, it isn't a way of working that actually works for me. So, time has come to gather my resources and create a space that will be dedicated to art, and will become a sanctuary for my creative soul.


Wild Sage Studio
Over the next month, I wil be fundraising to build a shed studio! Wild Sage Studio will be a 12x12ft creative sanctuary in which I can create all my heart desires. Which means you guys get to feast on more of the produce of my creative endeavours. Plus I might actually blog more! Great eh? 
I'm currently looking at shed options, but a strong contender is a pretty swish shed made by two of my friends. It even has a green roof for planting, and a rainwater collection barrel! It would fit perfectly in our garden space, along with our organic garden. If this option isn't possible, then I will be on the lookout for pre-made sheds that I can insulate, and put a stove in to keep me nice and toasty in the winter months. Here's a few snapshots of our organic garden, where the studio will be!




"Grow Wild"
... the tomato plants are now over 6ft tall!





Greybeard (the white one) and Brew (or Noosha, Baba Ghanoush, Elfin, Brrrrrdt, amongst a host of other names) Enjoying the planters, and fighting with each other for the sunniest patch.



If you're interested in helping in any way, then please sign up to my newsletter to hear about the fundraising progress and events that I will be hosting over the next month to get everything off the ground.
These will include an art auction, and a 'pay what you like' event, so be sure to stay in the loop!
Sign up to be notified via the link below.
http://eepurl.com/bw2RsT
Cheers all of you lovelies! I hope to see you at the auctions. If you're not fussed about the events, but you would still like to donate and support the creation of Wild Sage Art Studio, then drop me an email at stephanieayresillustration@gmail.com
Deep Gratitude!
Much love,
Steph

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Kinsale Conkers - Bespoke Botanical Jewellery for Natural Elegance

Blimey what a whirlwind of a journey!
My new venture, Kinsale Conkers has finally opened up shop on etsy!

Its been a exhilarating ride since mid October,
Having conceived the idea whilst walking to work one morning and picking up a couple of beautiful little conkers and deciding to turn them into a pendant to wear.

Then creating the logo and branding and feel of what my new venture would be!
Within a short space of time, this emerged! 
One day of thought & percolation, then 1 day of creation!


The next day I created Kinsale Conkers' Website (In 1 morning! with tweaks over the next few days)


Then I had to design & make everything, photograph it and put all of the photographs into my website, social media outlets and get posting about all the beautiful things I was creating!

Facebook

Pinterest

Twitter

Photographing was a long process, several photo shoot sessions later, using only my old samsung camera phone. I had a stamp created of my logo by www.englishstamps.com
and printed up my own labels and my own jewellery boxes. Man how I love how it all looks! I'm so in love with how this has all come together in such a short period of time!





I started making jewellery from things other than conkers, beech seed pods and acorns too!


We even managed to get a sneaky photo of me wearing one of my favorite pendants, which has now permanently become attached to me.




The conkers themselves were dried out on a gorgeous sunny day in October (I know, what?! In Ireland of all places!) Then dried by the wood fire on a chilly evening.


Drying preserves the conkers so that they won't deteriorate, and stay nice and snug in their little nutshells. I've also been experimenting using beeswax for that little bit of extra protection from the elements.

I'm currently wearing a conker on the end of my sneaky dreadlock, and testing out how it fares with being taken into the shower daily.

Our guardian of the conkers- Nooshie- claims that all of this was originally her idea... if ONLY she had opposable thumbs, she'd show me a thing or two.



So finally a week ago, I launched the etsy shop!
Within 30mins, we had sold 8 pieces! 
They're going super well, and I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I enjoyed making them.
They make great presents to yourself or a beloved. I'm having a hard time parting with any of them! I swear I have to make everything twice so that they can actually be released into the world without me getting PCST (Post Creation Separation Trauma)!

Kinsale Conkers was also featured on Cork's Insert Title magazine! 


I'm so glad I walked by that conker tree in the very beginning, so grateful that it has come this far and evolved into such a beautiful thing.

I hope that you continue to enjoy the journey with me, and I look forward to creating more natural jewellery! 




Monday, 2 June 2014

New Sketches

New photoshop brushes = new things!

Been messing around with some pretty rad brushes over the past couple of days.
Been drawing my step-dad like he used to look when he was younger / Frank Zappa.
And a random woman.






Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Print Run!

Hey guys, 
Thought I would give you a heads up,
I'm putting in a big print order for an event I am selling at, and thought I would give you guys the chance to put in your own order too!

If there is some piece of my work that you love but has never been available for print, just let me know that you would like a print of it, and what size, and I'll get it printed up for you this week!

NON GICLÉE PRICES
A2- £50
A3- £30
A4- £20
A5- £15

GICLÉE PRICES (Archival Quality Inks & Paper)
A2- £60
A3- £40
A4- £30
A5- £25


Let me know by Sunday 1st!

email - stephanie_ayres@hotmail.co.uk
And be sure to put your name and 'Printing' in the title!

x


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Satsuma The Tea Dragon Has Landed!

He's here!
Yep, I finally finished painting Satsuma this weekend, and he's pleased to see you guys!

He'll be part of a wonderful anthology about tea where we all chose a tea to create a character from. I chose Longjing tea which translates as 'Dragon Well' tea.

A bit about Longjing tea

Longjing tea was granted the status of Gong Cha, or Imperial tea, in Qing Dynasty by Chinese emperor Kangxi. According to the legend, Kangxi's grandson Qianlong visitedWest Lake during one of his famous holidays.
He went to the Hu Gong Temple under the Lion Peak Mountain (Shi Feng Shan) and was presented with a cup of Longjing tea. In front of the Hu Gong Temple were 18 tea bushes. Emperor Qianlong was so impressed by the Longjing tea produced here that he conferred these 18 tea bushes special imperial status. The trees are still living and the tea they produce is auctioned annually for more money per gram than gold.
There is another legend connecting Emperor Qianlong to Longjing Tea. It is said that while visiting the temple he was watching the ladies picking the tea. He was so enamored with their movements that he decided to try it himself. While picking tea he received a message that his mother, the Empress Dowager was ill and wished his immediate return to Beijing. He shoved the leaves he had picked into his sleeve and immediately left for Beijing. Upon his return he immediately went to visit his mother. She noticed the smell of the leaves coming from his sleeves and he immediately had it brewed for her. It is said that the shape of Longjing Tea was designed to mimic the appearance of the flattened leaves that the emperor brewed for his mother.
Longjing, which literally translates as "dragon well," is said to have named after a well that contains relatively dense water, and after rain the lighter rainwater floating on its surface sometimes exhibits a sinuous and twisting boundary with the well water, which is supposed to resemble the movement of a Chinese dragon.
Legend also has it that to achieve the best taste from Longjing, water from the Dreaming of the Tiger Spring, a famous spring in Hangzhou, is to be used. The water quality of the spring now is certainly very different than before. The tea takes its name from the eponymous "Dragon Well" located near Longjing village.

So, without further ado, here he is!

You can get your very own beautiful giclée print of this little fella over in my

Also, don't forget, I'm having an original art auction for my painting
'The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side'
this is the first time I have ever auctioned off an original, and I probably won't again for some time, so seize this chance with all your might!
Seize it I say!


Hope you're all having a wonderful spring!
x

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Original Art Auction

Hey guys!
I'm auctioning off an original painting over the next 10 days on ebay,
the auction ends at 11.30am GMT on Fri May 16th. 

This is my first ever original for sale, so you could be making a wonderful investment!

The original painting for sale is
"The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side"





Happy Bidding!
x